|Parthenon in Nashville, TN|
The Parthenon has been the backdrop to many theatrical events and even movies. In 1913 and 1914, the Spring Pageants in Nashville held huge plays with up to 500 cast members at the steps of the building. The productions included large dance numbers, chariot races, thousands of live birds and even set pieces that shot out flames. Even today, the local theaters still have production plays at the Parthenon. The structure can been seen in movies and on made for TV series, including Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville, the 2010 film titled Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and the 2010 PBS series Greeks: Crucible of Civilization.
|Athena Parthenos inside the Nashville Parthenon|
Today, the Parthenon is a functioning art museum that stands at the center of Centennial Park which is just west of downtown Nashville. In 1990, Alan LeQuire produced a complete recreation of the Athena Parthenos which was the center piece of the original Parthenon in ancient Greece. The statue was recreated to the careful scholarly standards and towers at 42 feet tall. Actually, the entire building is carefully crafted to be an exact replica of the original temple. So, if you ever visit Nashville, be sure to swing by the Parthenon and enjoy experiencing a replicated piece of ancient Greece right here in Tennessee.
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